Saturday, August 20, 2011

Weekends are for the End of a Chapter

Another chapter of this deployment has been completed.  Hubby/Daddy has come and gone, but what a blessing the past two weeks have been!  It was all about faith, family, and fun.  It will take us some time to get back into a routine, and so I plan to break from my usual postings this week to share some pictures of our time together.  I'll start with the begininning and the end and fill you in on the middle as we go.

WAITING FOR DADDY:





WELCOME HOME DADDY:






CHERISH EVERY MOMENT:

Daddy gave "M" these patches.  She wanted to wear them on her dress for Daddy.







BYE-BYE DA-DA:

 Waving as the plane takes off.

Thank you LORD for giving us the strength to watch him leave again.

Daddy read us this Psalm during dinner devotions (the girls call it "Bible time") last night.  What a comfort the Word of God brings...
" Keep me safe, my God,
   for in you I take refuge.
 I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
   apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
   “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
   I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
   or take up their names on my lips.
 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
   you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;
   even at night my heart instructs me. 
 I keep my eyes always on the LORD.
   With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
   my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
   nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
   you will fill me with joy in your presence,
   with eternal pleasures at your right hand."
~Psalm 16

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"Loving a soldier is a high price to pay,
loving him truly is hard when he's away.
It's being alone with nothing to hold;
it's being young, but feeling old;
it's having him whisper his love for you;
it's whispering back that you love him too.
There comes a kiss and a promise for more,
as his plane slowly rises to soar;
reluctantly, painfully, letting him go,
while your insides are dying from wanting him so,
watching him leave with eyes full of tears,
standing alone with your hopes, dreams and fears.
It's sending a letter with the stamp upside down,
to a far away love in a far away town.
It's going to church to kneel and pray,
and really meaning the things that you say.
Being in love will foster your dreams,
of that far away soldier your mind fairly beams.
Days go by, no mail for a spell,
you wait for some word to hear that he's well.
Then a letter arrives, and you've given in,
to open his letter and read it with a grin,
yes, he is well and misses you so,
it's filled with the love you wanted to know.
Weeks are like months, and months are like years,
you wait for the day when you'll have no more fears.
Days go by slowly, how many have passed?
Yes, loving a soldier brings bitterness and fears,
loneliness, sadness and despondent years.
Loving a soldier isn't much fun,
but it's worth the price when the battle is won;
and remember he is thinking of you everyday,
he's sad and he's lonely while so far away;
so love him and miss him and hold your head high,
be strong and have faith, wipe that tear from your eye.
It's the high price you pay for loving a soldier "
~Author Unknown

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